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    Apr 21, 2019

    25 Products Every Super Busy Person Will Wonder How They Lived Without All This Time

    Products that are worth your precious time.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A clever visual timer with red space that disappears as the hour passes so you'll take the Spice Girls' advice and not go wasting your precious time.

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    It's got over 1,000 positive Amazon reviews and an optional audible alarm. Here's what my coworker Jennifer Tonti has to say about it: "I have ADHD and I've used various tools throughout my education to keep me organized and on-task. This is one of the best. I personally set 30-minute increments for any given task; an hour becomes too much time and I get side-tracked. It’s not that I must finish my task in 30 minutes, but rather that I'm kept aware of time passing in the first place, which helps me stay focused. The red film is a necessary visual representation of time that really makes this clock better than just a timer on my phone. I keep it in view and whenever I feel my mind trailing off, I can quickly glance up and say, 'oh wow, that was 10 minutes of distraction, better get back into it.'”

    Get it from Amazon for $27.96+ (available in two sizes and with or without a magnetic back). Get the required AA batteries here.

    2. A roll-on headache and migraine relief stick made with peppermint, spearmint, and lavender essential oils that's an absolute game-changer for anyone whose busy schedule is too often a literal headache.

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    Seriously, this is one product that yours truly, a very very busy person, cannot live without. I started using this magical product last year and since then have told approximately 1,089,642 people about it. I keep one in my purse and one on my dresser, and I reorder before I'm actually close to running out. While it won't kill a major migraine on its own, it feels super soothing and cooling. If I end up taking ibuprofen for my headache, this is really nice to use while it kicks in. Also, if I just have a slight headache or just the beginnings of one, a few swipes of this (lightly on my temples and forehead and as heavily as I want on my neck) can actually knock it out or delay it getting worse. It's so great to help me get through my busy workdays and social activities, and I really wish I'd had it during high school and college to help me get through the day then!

    Read my full review here.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    3. Melatonin sleep gummies beloved by over 1,000 Amazon reviewers that may put an end to those nights spent tossing and turning to the tune of your to-do list replaying inside your brain.

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    Check out one BuzzFeeder's review of these gummies (spoiler alert: she says that taking two of these before bed not only helps her feel sleepy within about fifteen minutes, but also helps her actually STAY asleep).

    Promising review: "For decades, I've been plagued by various levels of insomnia. My normal routine would include heading to bed at a slightly-later-than-reasonable hour, contemplating my excessive workload, becoming exasperated about any upcoming social plans, growing anxious after reflecting further and realizing that I basically have no social life, and wondering why I had that sixth cup of coffee in the afternoon. Before you know it, it's 4:11 AM and I'm incredulous, ruminating about where I went wrong in my life. That was before an angel referred me to these. Combining the perfect texture of Welch's fruit snacks and the nostalgic flavor of Children's Dimetapp, these gummies' relaxing effects are felt within minutes, with a good night's sleep always soon to follow. Yes, I have had some bizarre dreams since taking this product, but they are a small price to pay for peaceful rest." —Daniel

    Get a pack of 60 from Amazon for $16.99.

    4. A super-durable, machine-washable, and — dare I say it — FASHIONABLE nylon grocery tote that can actually handle your furious errand runs (and the borderline offensive amount of stuff you have to carry at all times).

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    It can even fold up into a handy little pouch!

    Promising review: "These bags are THE BEST! I've had them for years. Most of my regular reusable bags are huge and cumbersome and end up getting left in the car. These squish down so I can fit multiples in my little diaper bag, so they never get left behind. They easily hold three gallons of milk. When I'm dealing with a baby and a toddler, anything that makes life easier is a lifesaver, and these are perfect for packing for a day trip, groceries, beach trips, and even taking on longer trips so I can stay organized. The fact that I can throw them in the washing machine is incredible. I can't say enough good things about these! You wouldn't think you'd get compliments on grocery bags, but even the cashiers ask me what brand they are regularly. The colors make me happy when I see them by the front door." —Ann M. Karmol

    Get it from Amazon for $10 (available in 33 colors and prints).

    5. A pack of traceless hair ties so you can toss your hair in a ponytail when you're schvitzing on your commute without ruining your 'do for the rest of your day (which probably includes a big meeting, multiple run-ins with your judgiest coworker, and a Bumble date, so looking cute is a must).

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    These are also great to sleep in so you don't wake up with a total bird's nest for a head. I personally use these as my everyday hair ties and I love how gentle they are on my hair! Check out one BuzzFeeder's full review of them here (#1).

    Promising review: "It sounds like hyperbole to say that these hair ties changed my life, but it's true. I sleep with my hair in a messy topknot using these elastics every night. In the morning, I just take my hair down, run a brush through it, and that's it. My hair is done, and more voluminous than ever before. I do have pretty low-maintenance hair in general (long, naturally straight) but I never thought it could be THIS EASY." —Rachel P.

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $2.50+ (available in eight colors).

    6. A simple-yet-brilliant gadget for anyone who knows that sometimes the most basic tasks are the ones that get forgotten when work, school, and social commitments are pure chaos.

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    Sometimes the stuff we do every day is the easiest to totally forget whether we've done or not, from feeding a pet to taking a pill to putting on deodorant. You can totally use this for any other non-dog-related daily task, too!

    Promising review: "I don't know how we ever lived without this! When reminder Post-Its fell off the counter, our dogs either missed meals or got fed twice. Now we have this yes/no tool on a little easel near the dog food scoop and anyone in the kitchen can see if the pups need to be fed or not. Our dogs are liars and always act like they need to eat, so having this easy-to-use, durable reminder tool has been a big help! Visitors to my home have favorably commented on it. I would definitely buy this as a gift for dog lovers in a busy household." —Shelby Skye

    Get it from Amazon for $9.94.

    7. A cute and sturdy file folder that can expand to hold 150-200 sheets of paper, so your days of having to schlep a bunch of different folders and notebooks (or waste precious time switching your papers around between them) are done.

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    Some reviewers say they can even fit smaller folders or notebooks inside. Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on these amazing folders.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this! I've always been the type of person to have a different folder for each subject in school, and to buy new folders every semester because they accumulate wear and tear by the end of the term. But it became too annoying to have to switch out notebooks and folders every day depending on what classes I had. It also increased the likelihood that I'd forget a folder for a particular class, so I gave this a try. After four months of continuous use, it's held up really well! It holds everything that I need and it is always by my side. It actually still looks somewhat new. I got compliments on it because it's cute and a great organizational tool." —KaleSensei

    Get it solid colors for $7.99 (available in eight colors) or florals for $7.99 (available in four colors), both from Amazon.

    8. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail polish, which is here to prove everyone who thinks they don't have time to do their nails wrong once and for all. This stuff dries in as little as a minute!

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    Promising review: "I'm in LOVE with the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri line. This is the only brand I buy now. As a new mom, painting your toenails is kind of a rare luxury, so I place a high value on getting it done quickly. This polish allows me to do it fast, without sacrificing durability. I highly recommend this polish for busy adults." —KFrench

    Get it from Amazon for $3.69+ (available in 16 colors).

    9. The Big Book of 30-Day Challenges, which might actually get you to finally do all those things you keep saying you're gonna do (like find time to read or get outside) by breaking them down into baby steps that'll fit into even the busiest schedules.

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    It has seven sections: Fitness, Food, Self-Care, Mindfulness, Organization & Productivity, Networking & Relationships, and Creativity & Learning. Each challenge is small and flexible enough for even the busiest people, but they really add up. For example, the running challenge only asks that you run every day — it doesn't say how fast or how long. Some other downright doable challenges? Read 20 pages a day, take a photo every day, floss properly, and meditate daily for 10 minutes.

    Promising review: "'Brilliant' is not a word I toss around lightly, but The Big Book of 30-Day Challenges is brilliant! The table of contents doesn't include anything I wouldn't like to be in my routine, and includes most things I've said I would like to do, such as meditate, sleep better, wake up earlier, drink more water, walk 10,000 steps — you get the idea. Almost all of these good habits have always seemed too difficult/too time-consuming/too overwhelming, — just too much! The good approach I learned from this book is 'one thing at a time.' Trying to 'get in shape' is not really a goal, but to just run, or just train for a plank, or just do yoga (one thing at a time), makes the goal manageable, and the 30-day challenge makes it doable. The challenges cut across all aspects of my life — exercise, food, creativity, relationships — and include the exact types of habits that will make a real, positive, difference in life." —Sandra Damm

    Get it from Amazon for $10.18+.

    10. The Satisfyer Pro 2, a waterproof sex toy that uses air pulses to stimulate your clit so effectively, it'll have your coming in minutes. Because, as my coworker said when I told her I was putting this product in this post, "Who actually has time to get laid?" And more importantly, who has time to wait around for someone else to make you climax when this thing can do it in the span of a commercial break?

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    Over 1,000 reviewers swear by this baby, which has 11 settings that give a feeling of suction without actually touching your clit. ~Science~, amirite?!?

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    Promising review: "YOU NEED THIS TOY. Mine just finished charging and I was like, 'Hmm lemme just turn it on and see what it feels like.' I wasn’t expecting this to do what it did. I put this on myself and immediately was like 'OKAY I SEE YOU.' I turned it up one click, then one more, and I KID YOU NOT I CAME WITHIN A MINUTE. ONE MINUTE. THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED EVER IN MY LIFE. No toy has ever made me come; I’ve only ever gotten myself there with my fingers (clit stimulation, not penetration), and that usually takes about 5-10 minutes. BUT HOLY WOW. WHAT JUST HAPPENED. Do yourselves a FAVOR, and GET THIS TOY. You may think you don’t need it. You are incorrect. If I could give it 10 stars, I would." —Rachel Heitlauf

    Get it from Amazon for $47.56.

    11. Not Your Mothers In A Heart Beat Blow Dry Accelerator spray, which is a personal go-to of mine for looking cute while still getting my butt to work with plenty of time to spare.

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    For better or worse, I blow dry my hair pretty much every day. Don't give me that Jonathan Van Ness gasp of horror!!!! I know it's not great for my hair, I just want luscious locks, sue me. But! I still want to spend as little time with the blowdryer as possible, both for the health of my hair and because I am, in the immortal words of Ursula, a very busy person and I haven't got all day. I love this awesome paraben-free blow dry accelerator spray because it's also a heat protectant, so I don't feel quite as bad about subjecting my strands to the hairdryer so often.

    Promising review: "My hair is somewhere between straight and wavy. I blow dry and flat iron my hair every day. It's long (past mid-back) and, while it's fine, there is a lot of it. Typically, it takes 35-45 minutes to get my hair dry. I came across this product and I decided to give it a try. My hair goes from dripping wet to bone dry in 10 minutes FLAT. This stuff is a lifesaver. I want people who spend a five or six hours a week under a blowdryer to know there's a better way!!" —CLL1979

    Get it from Amazon for $4.87.

    12. A stylish stainless steel tumbler that'll allow you to accomplish two things at once: 1) Keep your life-giving coffee hot for a long time, and 2) remind your chatterbox coworkers that you have too much shit to do to hear about the wine tasting they went to last weekend.

    Bando

    It's insulated, double-walled, and BPA-free with a spill-proof lid.

    Promising review: "It's super cute and great quality, and it keeps my drink really cold/hot for hoursssss!!!" —Melissa R.

    Get it from Ban.do for $28 (available in three designs).

    13. A peel-and-stick dry erase weekly calendar to keep you (and your family's) packed schedule available for reference at a glance.

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    Promising review: "This is essential for busy people. My boyfriend and I have very different schedules. He works a full-time job, I work two part-time jobs, go to school full time, and am usually part of a theatre production or two. This whiteboard calendar, coupled with some colorful dry-erase markers, is ESSENTIAL! Not only does my boyfriend know what my schedule looks like this week, but I know where I'm supposed to be and when. It was very easy to put up and seems like it would be easy to move." —Kalen Stockton

    Get it from Amazon for $6.80.

    14. A multipurpose nonstick mini griddle that's so efficient and easy to clean, your excuses not to cook will be, well, cooked.

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    It comes with a book of recipes plus access to an online database with even more!

    Promising review: "This is a neat little device for when you want to cook a little something quickly without making a mess on the stove. I mostly use it to cook one or two eggs at a time. It cooks from both sides and gets the job done, usually in less than five minutes while I multitask on other things. My egg(s) come out fluffy and delicious. I don't even have to use cooking spray or butter; I've never had the egg stick to it. I just clean it with a wet paper towel and let it cool before I put it away. I love the color and the ease of use! I also use this when traveling or camping. What else could you cook or warm up with this? Be creative. A small slab of meat/hamburger, chicken breast, vegetables, etc...." —L. Kiesler

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three colors).

    15. A miraculous stain- and wrinkle-resistant button down shirt so you can look professional as heck without taking the time to break out the iron — or having to derail your whole day when you inevitably spill on yourself at lunch.

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    It's cotton and machine washable, but you won't have to wash it too much — the material repels both oil- and water-based things you might spill on it. If you do spill, it should blot away easily with water! Oh, and doesn't it look fabulous on BuzzFeed editor Essence Gant in the pic above?

    Promising review: "It's perfect for travel. This shirt performed exactly as promised! No ironing, no wrinkles, and no stains after a full day of airport shuffling! Love it!" —2DotPeg

    Get it from Chico's for $79.50 (available in sizes 0/2-20/22 regular and 2P-16/18P petite and in four colors) or Amazon for $37.99+ (available in sizes 0/2-20/22 and in six colors and prints).

    16. One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book, which is great for people who always wish they had the time and energy to journal, but just plain do not (big mood). With this, you can create a really cool log of your life just by writing a single sentence every day!

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    Over 1,000 reviewers love it! Each page is dated and has five small spaces and room to fill in the year for each one, so you can keep a short record every day for five years and compare what you wrote over time!

    Promising review: "This is just what I was looking for! As a busy mom, I don't have time to journal extensively everyday. This little book stays on my nightstand and I have just enough room to jot down a few things from the day. It is a great way to remember funny things my toddler said, what the weather was like, or what activities we did during the day. I can't wait till next year, when I can compare from day to day!" —Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $14.74.

    17. A genius cat eye eyeliner stamp, because guess what? You actually have time to get flawless winged eyeliner in the morning (once you eliminate the struggle of trying to draw it yourself).

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    One end is a stamp to help even the most makeup-challenged folks get a perfect cat eye, and the other is a classic eyeliner pen!

    Promising review: "I hate to sound like an infomercial, but this really is a miracle product! All my life I've been trying to draw the perfect winged liner and failed spectacularly. With this, I achieved a perfect winged look quickly and easily. The liner didn't run or smear and it lasted all day. At the end of the day, I was able to remove it easily with my regular eye makeup remover. I'm super happy with this purchase!" —Sally Cinnamon

    Get it from Amazon for $9.96.

    18. An organization porn-worthy tear-off planning pad with spaces not just for your appointments and work to-dos, but also to remind you to get some exercise and...oh wait what's that thing I keep forgetting to do? Oh yeah...STOP TO EAT SOME DAMN LUNCH.

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    Promising review: "I use my iPhone as a calendar, but it has its limitations; I still prefer paper when it comes to planning. This daily page planner motivates me to take care of myself while I take care of the things that need to be done. I like that the 'must do today' section only has three spaces, while there's much more room below to write additional tasks for later. This keeps me from piling too many tasks on myself. It also has a place to track water intake and three square meals, and one of my favorite parts is the box in which I am asked to write what I am thankful for each day." —Donna T. Edmundson

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95 (also available in eight other organizational pads, from meal planning to meeting notes).

    19. A compact yet strong portable power bank that over 9,000 (!!!) reviewers love, because having your phone die during a busy day out is, sorry, not an option.

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    It claims to provide about three and a half charges to an iPhone 8 or two and a half to a Galaxy S8.

    Promising review: "If you're looking for peace of mind every time you leave the house, this power bank doesn't disappoint. It's the size of a credit card and only a hair heavier than my iPhone 6, making it extremely portable without being bulky and heavy. There's a power button you press that shows how much power is left via four blue lights (when it's dead, only one light will flash). I'm always impressed by how quickly this charges my iPhone 6 (from 10% to near full takes approximately an hour). So far, I've been able to charge my phone about four times from near empty to full before having to charge the power bank. It comes with a USB cable to charge the bank itself, as well as a drawstring pouch. What I love the most about this power bank is how effective it's been. If you want a reliable power bank that charges your phone in no time and frees you from being attached to a wall outlet, GET THIS!" —Patrick

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in four colors).

    20. Airborne chewable tablets, which are full of vitamins C, A, and E and other helpful minerals like zinc and magnesium to give your immune system a boost when you've been on-the-go or around sick coworkers. Because do you have time to get sick? Didn't think so.

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    As a germaphobe who is disgusted by similar products that you have to dissolve in your drink, I'm never without a bottle of these chewables. Listen, there's no 100% foolproof way to make sure you never get sick, other than like a Bubble Boy situation, but it definitely makes me feel better knowing I can give my immune system a mega-boost of vitamins.

    Promising review: "I recently traveled on a 17-21 hour flight and was in and out of airports. Taking Airborne a couple of weeks before my trip as well as after helps me boosted my immune system and helped me avoid many germs that I might otherwise succumb to. I take these during cold season or anytime I'm going to be in close proximity or contact with other folks that might not be all that healthy, like people on planes who might be coughing or sneezing. I haven't come down with anything since using these so I think they work well." —Michelle Dunn

    Get it from Amazon for $5.95+ (available in two flavors).

    21. A versatile and reliable wrap dress you can just throw on in the morning and strut into work like the boss that you are.

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    This dress is actually from one of Amazon's in-house fashion brands! Check out more of the best work dresses you can get on Amazon.

    Promising review: "My new favorite dress! I'm 5'3" and 155 lbs and I usually wear a 10-12 in pants. The medium fit me perfectly and is very flattering all around. The material feels very nice; it's comfortable and lays well on my body — not clingy at all. I highly recommend this dress!" —JM

    Get it from Amazon for $39 (available in sizes XS-XL and in 24 colors and prints).

    22. A RFID-blocking passport wallet with tons of handy pockets that's a must have for every one of your many trips, be they for business or pleasure.

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    It has over 2,500 positive reviews and even includes a pocket for your phone!

    Promising review: "I've been looking for the perfect travel wallet that can fit a lot of stuff but not look bulky and I think I've found it :). It's so difficult to find one that can fit all the stuff you need in one place. I love the color and material, and the design is very sleek. It has a lot of pockets inside for cash (bills and coins!), a pen, passport, IDs, and ESPECIALLY airline tickets! It's almost the size of a regular/medium greeting card envelope. It saves you the hassle of rummaging through your bag to look for what you need or having to take out a different kind of wallet for money and ID, etc. I'll definitely get one for my daughter or as a gift for someone who likes to travel organized and in style." —MoonMaiden_1980

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in 35 colors).

    23. A 13-pocket purse organizer so two of your most fundamental needs — being able to carry everything you could ever need in your life in your bag and actually being able to find said things in said bag — can be met at the same dang time. And here you thought it couldn't be done.

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    Promising review: "I travel a lot and like to use totes rather than a handbag. The challenge is keeping that open space organized — everything falls to the bottom of the tote! This organizer is perfect. A firm felt fabric holds my phone, papers, cosmetics, pen, notebook, etc,. without any issues retrieving any of them. It also has a clip-on strap that attaches to my keys, and it's long enough to reach from inside my tote to unlock the door! So clever and very handy. The center section of the organizer is a removable zippered pouch that could be used as a smaller organizer in another bag or can be removed if I have a larger item to carry in the center of the bag. The organizer also works great for moving from tote to tote. It's the right size and height. All in all, I'm very happy with the purchase!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.88+ (available in four sizes and 12 colors).

    24. Metallic slip-on sneakers that'll look cool with basically everything and that you can just slide into and go.

    Free People

    Get them from Free People for $60 (available in sizes 6-10 and in three colors).

    25. And a pack of adulting stickers so you can reward yourself for major accomplishments like eating a vegetable and matching your socks.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought these to encourage myself during hard times in grad school. I thought they were hilarious. My prof thought so too, and had me bring in some for her. 😂" —N2ryan

    Get a pack of 18 from Amazon for $4.99.

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